After a year of rumors Apple has unveiled the long-awaited 2019 iPhone lineup: iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and iPhone 11.
Here are the new features, the tech specs, and, importantly, the prices.
Processor, CPU and GPU:
At the core of this update is Apple’s new processor, the A13 Bionic, which Apple claims is the fastest CPU and GPU in a smartphone. Powered by 7-nanometer architecture, it packs 8.5 billion transistors into the package, a massive upgrade compared to the A12 Bionic, which had 6.9 billion transistors.
The A13 Bionic features four high-efficiency cores which are 20 percent faster and consume 40 percent less battery power than the previous generation, and two high-performance cores, which are 20 percent faster and 30 percent more efficient than the A12 Bionic.
The GPU is also 20 percent faster and 40 percent more efficient, while the neural engine come equipped with eight cores, is 20 percent faster and consumes 15 percent less power.
For battery life specifically, the iPhone 11 packs one hour longer than the iPhone XR. This means you’ll get up to 17 hours of video, 10 hours of streaming video, and 65 hours of audio.
IP68 water and Dust resistance
Devices backed by an International standard rating of IP68 are deemed fit enough to withstand dust, dirt and sand, and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes.
Face ID is what allows iPhone users to unlock recent iPhones using only their face – just by looking at the device. The feature is much more secure than Apple’s old Touch ID authentication system. It was first introduced on the iPhone X in 2017. Although Apple expanded the system to the iPhone XS and iPhone XR lines in 2018, Face ID itself has never received an upgrade.
But the iPhone 11 series could change all that—and in the process make Face ID much better to use
The phones will include a new multi-angle Face ID sensor that captures a wider field of view so that users can unlock the handsets more easily—even when the devices are flat on a table, thus allowing much improved experience.
Yep, this means you could basically unlock the iPhone 11 even if it’s lying flat on your desk. Currently, Face ID on the iPhone X, XS, and XR requires that the device is held fairly closely right in front of your face.
Super Retina XDR display
With this, Apple delivers an XDA display you can take anywhere. The Super Retina XDR display is a custom-designed OLED panel that boasts a 2 million-to-one contrast ratio.
It’s also brighter, reaching up to 1,200 nits, and features wide color support for more immersive HDR videos. But there is no 3D Touch. iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max offer the same Haptic Touch functionality as iPhone 11 and iPhone XR.
This display is combined with an incredible upgrade in audio. iPhone now features spatial audio, which provides an immersive surround sound experience and Dolby Atmos support.
Dedicated Night Mode
Apple’s new Night Mode is Apple’s rejoinder
to Google’s Night Sight, and from the little we’ve seen so far, the results do
look at least on par with the Pixel.
When using the camera app on any of Apple’s 2019 iPhones, the new Night Mode ( not to be confused with dark mode in ios 13 ) feature comes on automatically when an indoor or outdoor scene is dark enough to warrant brightening, resulting in natural colors and reduced noise.
In short, new iPhone users should see an immediate improvement when shooting in low light environments, without having to adjust any exposure settings.
Let’s Learn about cameras….Why are three cameras and what does each do ?
- 26mm equivalent focal length
- f/1.8 aperture
- 12-megapixel resolution
- 100% autofocus pixels
- Optical image stabilization
The main camera delivers that typical semi-wide-angle view onto the world. Apple has stuck with a 12-megapixel resolution, too, which might seem somewhat low compared to the 48MP options available elsewhere – but then it will offer Deep Fusion, which we explain further down, to mitigate that point of difference.
Interestingly every pixel across the sensor is able to be used for autofocus, which is something even many dedicated cameras fail to offer, which will give the main camera the best focus system out of the three.
It also comes with the widest aperture, at f/1.8, meaning the most light can enter – which is useful for shooting in low-light conditions.
- 0.5x, 120-degree field-of-view
- 13mm equivalent focal length
- f/2.4 aperture
- 12-megapixel resolution
The biggest new feature is the addition of a wide-angle lens. It sees double that of the main camera, hence its 0.5x zoom designation, meaning an equivalent focal length of 13mm. That’s really wide – 120-degrees wide, which is about equal to human vision flattened into an image – and will aid in cramming a lot more into the frame.
Again, Apple has stuck to the 12-megapixel marker, which is commonplace for such wide-angle cameras. Whether the edge quality will stand up to scrutiny – something competitors struggle with, we’ve found – is something we’ll have to wait to find out.
The aperture is f/2.4, meaning a little less light is let in, but this is necessary for a wide-angle optic to ensure a balance of sharpness across the frame.
- 2x optical zoom
- 56mm equivalent focal length
- f/2.0 aperture
- 12-megapixel resolution
- Optical image stabilization (OIS)
This 2x optic means half the view of the main camera, thus a 56mm equivalent focal length. To call it ‘telephoto’ is a reach, as that’s actually about as close to a standard lens as you can get in traditional form, which will make it great for portraits – it’ll avoid making faces look bulbous, as this focal length keeps things flat and neutral, and as if subjects are closer-up to the phone.
This lens is often thought of as Apple’s “Portrait Camera”, as it goes hand-in-hand with that shooting mode, which uses software to blur the background for a more pro-looking result (presumably with some edge imperfections, as is typical, we might add) – or you can apply various lighting effects, again using software.
What is Deep Fusion?
- ‘Neural image processing’
- Combines elements from up to 9 images
- Not available at launch, software update will follow
Let’s see what deep fusion is – The camera takes nine shots – two groups of four prior to pressing the shutter, then one longer exposure at point of press – at various shutter settings. It can then automatically look through these shots, select the best combinations for sake of sharpness, ensuring there’s no blur, and composite the best parts together.
This is also a clever way to help negate image noise, that multi-coloured dotting that can appear in images. As noise won’t appear identically in each frame, the system will be able to select the least noise-ridden parts into the image for a cleaner, sharper result.
In a sense, then, Apple is looking to use processing rather than cramming pixels onto a sensor to produce its best results. How it’ll turn out, we’ll have to wait and see. But this is probably the iPhone 11 Pro camera’s most interesting feature.
What are the differences between the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro?
Before we take a tour of the tech specs, here’s a quick summary of the differences between the three models.
The most obvious difference is that the iPhone 11 comes with a 6.1-inch LCD display, while the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max come with Super Retina XDR 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays, respectively.
Another major, and quite obvious difference is that the iPhone 11 is equipped with two cameras — wide and ultra-wide — while the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max come with three — wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto.
Another significant difference is capacities. While all start with 64GB of storage, the iPhone 11 also comes with 128GB and 256GB storage, while the Pro versions are available in 256GB and 512GB.
iPhone 11 Pro @ Apple
IPHONE 11 PRO AND IPHONE 11 PRO MAX: SPECS AND FEATURES
- New finishes: Space grey, silver, gold and midnight green.
- 5.8- and 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display, highest pixel density of any display Apple makes
- A13 Bionic processor with new Machine Learning Controller and low-power design (most efficient 7nm architecture, 8.5 billion transistors)
- All-day battery life (4 hours more battery life than the iPhone XS)
- Fast-charge 18W adapter included
- 12-megapixel wide camera (26-mm, f1.8, 6-element)
- 12-megapixel telephoto (52-mm, f2.0, 6-element)
- 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera (13-mm, f2.4, 5-element, 120-degree view)
- 4K 60fps extended dynamic range video
- 12-megapixel front-facing TrueDepth camera with 4K video support and slo-mo selfies (slofies)
iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max features @Apple
IPHONE 11 PRO AND IPHONE 11 PRO MAX: PRICE
- See it now: iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max at Apple
The iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099